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Customisation of Timed Practice?

Hi guys,

So an idea just popped into my head and I thought I'd share it with you.

As I'm sure most of you know, at the moment in Timed Practice we get 30 seconds on the clock to begin with, and then we get more time added on as we answer questions.

I was thinking, wouldn't it be great if we could customise how much time we start with? This would benefit learners of different proficiency levels, since there are some learners who find it difficult with thirty seconds, and would perhaps like just a little more time to get used to it and increase it to say, 45 seconds, while equally there are some learners, like me, who would like a bit more of a challenge and maybe lower it to about 15 seconds.

Whaddaya think? I'm fully aware there's not much chance of this being implemented, but I'd just like to see if you guys agree with me or not.

Thanks for reading,


December 19, 2017


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I agree, also when your time runs out it should allow you to input the last answer you were part way through, so you can see whether you were right or not. No mark would be necessary for this answer if correct.


Can you tell me how to get to Timed Practice? I don't see it in the Home, Words, Discussion, or Labs tabs. Mike


You have to buy it in the lingot store first, then it'll be on the right of the home page :)

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Buy it from the shop. Once you buy it it will be offered to you every lesson


"Unlimited" time could be offered, too. Keep going until you time out. Especially if people could compare scores, it would be a good way to encourage concentrated practice. However, this has been suggested before, and Duo has not obliged. Prob. they would rather work on other things.


But then eventually you'd get to about twenty minutes on the timer and it would become a farce.


A farce in what way?

If you could keep timed practice going for 20 minutes or more, you would definitely have mastered the material presented in the lesson. You could keep going "to infinity and beyond," but maybe you would decide on your own to try the next lesson


What I mean is that the time on the clock would get to about 20 minutes left. Perhaps there could be a maximum time it would get to.

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